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3rd Pan-African Capacity Development Forum (CDF)

Harare, Zimbabwe
02 May, 2016

The world needs a strong Africa and a strong Africa needs sustainable capacity

Africa has enjoyed a sustained growth over the past 15 years. However, this growth has neither been inclusive enough to lead to significant poverty reduction nor has it created decent jobs for youth. The continent therefore requires sustainable capacity to implement the transformative vision it has defined for itself, AU Agenda 2063, as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to be shaped in May 2016.

The 3rd CDF will provide a unique opportunity for a multi-stakeholder consultation aimed at unveiling the capacities required:

  • In government to accelerate economic reforms and the development of the private sector leading to the creation of decent jobs for Africa’s youth;
  • In the private sector to inculcate to governments the values of effectiveness and service delivery;
  • In the civil society to effectively engage governments and the private sector towards an accountable industrialization which is respectful of the people and the environment.

The theme of the Forum is “Building Capacity for Africa's Transformation”. 


Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana